fast times and hot water

I can't tell you all the de ja vu I've been feeling. Not long ago, we were in such a different world- one with lots of tarantulas and humidity and the cutest little jungle kids running around.
Now we are back, right where we started. Sometimes it's hard to really understand, to comprehend that we left and came back.

But lately, we've been working to just take advantage of where we are right now. This is such a good place, and we've reconnected with and met so many good people. 

 Through all of these changes, we needed a little pause... 

The squad that day-- James, Brooke, Grafton, my guy, and Abby (who is apparently skillful at avoiding photos).

The squad that day-- James, Brooke, Grafton, my guy, and Abby (who is apparently skillful at avoiding photos).

...and nothing clears the mind and calms the heart like a trip to the mountains-- I'm sure of it. 
So that's where we headed last weekend with a crew of good ones, miles up Highway 21 to Bonneville Hotsprings.

The road to the springs is closed for the season, so a little extra hike was necessary-- but fully worth it. 

The road to the springs is closed for the season, so a little extra hike was necessary-- but fully worth it. 

I can't recommend this place highly enough.
The water is so close to boiling that the moment you step barefoot from the rocks into the spring, your foot is on fire. It takes a bit, some baby steps, to get fully submerged. But the crispness of the air made it that much more satisfying.

I kind of felt like our time in the springs was fitting for where Ryan and I are at. In some ways, it still feels like that initial ache from our sudden life change is still wearing off, we are slowly easing into what real life is for us here. 

Panning for gold. Because Idaho.

Panning for gold. Because Idaho.

And that process has been good. Lots of refining, lots of pushing ourselves, lots of meeting new people and trying to be open. 

All that has paid off. God has provided us with exactly what we've needed, when we've needed it. I'm so thankful for this journey of rediscovering our hometown, growing our community here, and submerging into a totally new season.
Also super thankful for hotdogs and campfires and hard cider and these great goons we get to call friends (and all the rest of you not in this silly, ahem, *super manly* photo). 

We aren't supposed to do this alone. We shouldn't in fact. 
 

So. Here's to new seasons and hot water and adjustments and community and being open. And of course, always-- Here's to adventures!